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Three Texans rookies kicked off team for ... smoking a cigar?

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Cierre Wood" src="" alt="" width="600" height="400" /> UPDATE (12 a.m. ET, 10/22): ESPN, citing three anonymous sources, reported that the three Texans rookies were released after a "violation occurred due to marijuana use" in the team hotel in Kansas City over the weekend. "I don't understand why they did it," Texans outside linebacker Brooks Reed told ESPN. "They had the opportunity of their lives and they just kind of threw it away. I don't have too much to say about it. It's really unfortunate. We lost a lot of depth for that game. They were great players and they had a lot of potential. We're just going to find more guys that are more dedicated to the cause." But Chad Cannon, agent for Willie Jefferson, disputed the sources, saying the players were only smoking a cigar in the room. "We're discussing the possibility of filing a grievance," Cannon told ESPN. "I need to be in touch with them and really figure if that's the best route to take."  

  By Sid Saraf, Well, maybe Forrest Gump had a point. Three Texans rookies were kicked off the team on Monday and for the silliest of reasons. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle had the scoop: What kind of a violation?   They were smoking a cigar ... OK, that else? Oh, I see.   Hmmm, so they're hinting that it was more than just a "cigar." Interesting.   Whatever happened, that's quite a way to end an NFL career before it begins. It should be mentioned that all three players were inactive for Sunday's game, so it's not like any of them were tearing up the league. It boggles the mind that on a two-day road trip that some people can't just chill out and save the shenanigans for when they're in their own home. By the way, I'm not suggesting that these players need to attend church and get to bed at 6:30 p.m. while on a road trip. But what's wrong with going down to the hotel bar, enjoying a couple cocktails and going to sleep? Can't the fun just end there? Stupid is as stupid does. Questions? Comments? Send them to and we might respond in our weekly mailbag!

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